Culture has a lot to do with history; we have several major festivals that are usually celebrated in Sweden. There is a rich supply of culture at museums and theatres and in music in Sweden.

​Music, theatre, art and books are examples of culture; there are often cinemas and theatre stages in a municipality.


Every municipality has a library. There you are allowed to borrow books free of charge for up to four weeks. At the library you also can read daily newspapers and other publications. You can borrow mp3 language courses, driving theory books and Swedish grammar in different languages and much more.

The libraries also have computers that you may borrow for free to access the internet, many libraries also organise languages workshops together with other organisations.

The library is a good place when you have just arrived to get information about Swedish society and to learn the Swedish language.

Traditions and festivals

A tradition is an important event that is often celebrated, such as Easter. Many traditions and festivals that are celebrated in Sweden come from religion. Some traditions have a Christian background. Some come from the time when people in Sweden had several gods, for example Thor and Odin Today religious traditions and festivals are mainly holidays when people meet their families and friends.

New Year’s Eve, Easter, May Day, Midsummer’s Eve and Christmas are some of the festivals celebrated in Sweden. Then most people are off work.

Christenings, weddings, birthdays and funerals are special occasions celebrated during life.

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